• Kirk calls for better stroke treatment for Medicaid patients

    by  • August 19, 2013 • News

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants to see better care for low-income people who suffer strokes.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

    The republican from Highland Park suffered partial paralysis to his left arm and leg as a result of a stroke he had in January 2012.

    He told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register in an interview this week that he is working on legislation for what he calls “the stroke agenda.”

    Kirk says the problem for low-income stroke patients treated under Medicaid in Illinois is that they can only get coverage for four sessions with a rehab specialist.

    The senator says people in such situations are “not going to really improve very much,” and he’d like to set a national standard for better care.

    Kirk estimates he had more than 50 rehabilitation sessions.